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The Admonishments of Kherishdar by M.C.A. Hogarth

Crime and Punishment in an Alien World 

In Kherishdar, when a person commits a crime, they become their sin. . . . 

Suicide. Rape. Child Abuse. Addiction. Twenty-five crimes. Twenty-five stories. Twenty-five narrators . . . and one minister over them all, to judge, convict and Correct the faulty: the priest who serves Shame.

This companion volume to The Aphorisms of Kherishdar explores the wayward and their journey back to society, offering another glimpse into the Ai-Naidari culture.

A darker, more difficult glimpse—

Without Shame, there is no Civilization.

Note: The Admonishments of Kherishdar contains some graphic violence.


A collection of stories

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Listed: Sep 3, 2009

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Editor’s First Impression

By Chris Poirier, editor

Sep 3, 2009: Not nearly as successful as Aphorisms. 🙁 The subject matter here is heavier, and so suffers more from the format, heavy language, and lack of subtext. Also, while each vignette in this series is supposed to be by a different narrator, they all sound the same, and everything gets muddled as a result.

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An engrossing read

By Lyn Thorne-Alder, author of Addergoole - A Ghost Story

Sep 7, 2012: I read this series of stories in one sitting, unwilling to step away from the screen until I had finished.

Although the world of Kherishdar sometimes makes me uncomfortable, I attribute that to the depth of worldbuilding and Hogarth’s ability to portray the alien so very clearly.

Unlike other reviewers, I didn’t feel that the story suffered from the multiple narrators; despite the different viewpoints, this is a story about Shame, and [more . . .]

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Murky and Ungrounded

By M.E.Traylor, member

Aug 21, 2010: These stories are not nearly as strong as Aphorisms of Kherishdar, and for me suffer both from stylistic and intellectual approach.

Each piece in this collection is told by a different narrator, so the sparse description and brevity doesn’t have the benefit of building on itself over time. They do build into a characterization of the person of Shame, who is never a narrator, but while I like the idea the result was weak.

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All things have a purpose, the trick is seeing it

By Teresa Garcia, author of Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest

Jul 18, 2012: Another "story" in Kherishdar, or more accurately set of stories, we become involved with Shame. I particularly enjoy how in this culture, Shame is both a person and a "thing/feeling." Shame, in Kherishdar, is not so much "negative" as an opportunity for transformation.

These stories are all tales of transformations. The most intriguing though, is that of the common thread in them all, and the Priest that so lovingly tends to his people.

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